Underwater Archaeologist, Department of the Navy

Underwater Archaeologist, Department of the Navy, closes March 4

This position is located in the Central Identification Laboratory (CIL), Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), Hickam Air Force Base, Honolulu, Hawaii.  The incumbent reports to the CIL Scientific Director and Deputy Director, and is responsible for designing, planning, and leading underwater archaeological investigation activities in accordance with the standard operating procedures of the JPAC-CIL.  In addition, the incumbent will serve as a subject matter expert in underwater mapping, remote-sensing data post-processing, and the application of geographic information systems, to enhance the command’s underwater archaeological investigation and recovery capabilities.

25 February 2011

1) University of Oxford, Research Assistant, From Sail to Steam: Health, Medicine, and the Victorian Navy, closes 18 March

Applications are encouraged from those with experience of working on the history of medicine or science, particularly within the modern European empires, but applications are also welcomed from those working or nineteenth-century naval, maritime or imperial history.

CFP: 2012 AIA Underwater Archaeology Colloquium

We would like to officially send out a call for papers for a colloquium session at next year’s 113th Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting January 5-8, 2012 in Philadelphia, PA, USA. The scope of submerged cultural heritage research has vastly expanded in the years since the first scientific excavations took place in the 1960s, and to celebrate the new directions of this field we are proposing a session based entirely on the work of graduate students and recent graduates. We hope that this will highlight the new possibilities in maritime archaeology, in addition to bringing together some of the foremost emerging scholars in the field. 
The working session abstract is below and we invite papers addressing a wide range of submerged heritage topics. The AIA does have limited funding available to bring scholars from overseas, so we hope to see submissions from across the world. As the deadline for submission to the AIA is drawing closer, we ask that you submit a 250 word abstract no later than March 6th so that we will have adequate time to review all the submissions before making our selections. We will notify you the results on or around the March 13th deadline.
Thank You,
Marilyn Cassedy (marilyn.cassedy@gmail.com) and Haley Streuding (hstreuding@yahoo.com)
Session Co-Organizers
Abstract: New discoveries and advances in archaeology have been made through taking to the seas and excavating submerged cultural heritage in all corners of the world. When George Bass, then a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania, departed for Turkey in 1960, he could not have known the impact that the vessel at Cape Gelidonya, a small, Bronze Age shipwreck, would have on the archaeological community. In the last fifty years, and in particular at the 112th meeting of the AIA in San Antonio, this and other great achievements have been recognized as contributions that repeatedly illuminate trade networks, shipbuilding techniques, and a better understanding of the economy of the ancient world that cannot be found at terrestrial sites. But these are just a few examples.  As the field has developed, we have found that not only shipwrecks, but port structures, submerged cities, towns, settlements and even landscapes have the potential to open new lines of inquiry. Archaeology underwater has come to represent not only shipwrecks, but also the many and varied resources lakes, rivers and seas have to contribute to the field by enhancing our understanding of the past.
Standing as we are now on the shoulders of giants, it is imperative that we look to the future of maritime archaeology. This session will present the papers of students and recent graduates involved in innovative techniques and approaches aimed at analyzing and integrating submerged material culture into the published archaeological record. These emerging scholars will not only help us to reflect on the achievements of the past, but more importantly look to the distant horizon. These previous fifty years have brought us to a crossroads where information and technology are more available than ever before. The increased sophistication of available technology has led to an explosion of new data in the field. The brightest minds of the next generation of scholars are leading the way down new paths and uncovering previously impossible results. Maritime archaeology has evolved from imprudent inquiries into the mythical past into a truly interdisciplinary social science bringing together researchers from all over the world in the quest to fully understand a single shipwreck. A session devoted to these emerging leaders in the field will not only pay homage to the long journey that has brought us to this point, but also lead the way forward to the next set of questions and obstacles to be faced on the sea bed.

18 February 2011

1) Summer Internship Program 2011: Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea
Spend your summer on the banks of the beautiful Mystic River as you learn about museums and maritime history. We are seeking a select group of upper-level undergraduates and graduate students who are passionate about history and curious about museum work. See how the academic history you’ve studied is translated into public history at the nation’s fourth largest history museum. One to two days each week will be spent working closely with museum staff on a specific project or research topic. Go behind the scenes at other museums through weekly off-site field trips. A weekly discussion seminar, assigned readings, and presentations by Mystic Seaport leaders will introduce you to museum theory and current best practices. Two days each week (including one weekend day) will be spent interpreting exhibits, bringing what you’ve learned to a broad public audience. College or graduate credit is available through Trinity College or the University of Connecticut. This is a full-time, 10-week internship that pays a small stipend. On-site housing may also be available. Program runs mid-June to late-August. To apply, submit a completed application form, cover letter, and resume (or CV) to the address below. Application form at: www.mysticseaport.org/summerinternship. Priority consideration given to applications submitted by March 1. Applications submitted after that date will be considered as space allows. Phone interviews will be conducted in March with offers made by April 1. Minority applicants are encouraged to apply. Mystic Seaport is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Human Resources Department, ATTN: Internship Program, Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Avenue, P.O. Box 6000, Mystic, CT 06355-0990.

Maritime Archaeology Field School

The Reitia Association ACD in collaboration with Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici and under the patronage of the Federazione Archeologi Subacquei – FAS, from the 19th to the 25th of June 2011 offers a Field School of Maritime Archaeology in the Area Marina Protetta of Capo Rizzuto (Crotone), Italy.
The field school is turned mainly both to Italian and foreign students and licensed in archaeology interested to be instructed in underwater archaeological documentation.

The course will take place during the research activity of the Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici of the Università Ca’ Foscari on a Roman wreck with a marble cargo located at Punta Scifo near Capo Colonna. The researches have been  allowed by the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Calabria and the Area Marina Protetta “Capo Rizzuto”.
The students will take part in the research activity on the wreck.
The field school will also host a lecture series with field school instructors and the scientific coordinators.
The field school is restricted to six students; participation can be competitive depending on the numbers of applicants who will be selected by their personal curricula. A scuba and a medical certificate are required.
At the end of the activities, the CMAS/ACDC internationl license of Underwater Archaeology (Archaeology Diver) and a certificate of attendance of the Ca’ Foscari University will be issued to the students.

Scientific direction:
Carlo Beltrame, lecturer in Maritime Archaeology
at the Università Ca’ Foscari and Salvatore Medaglia PhD
Secretariat and logistic organization:
Duilio Della Libera, Reitia Onlus.

Informations and applications: www.reitia.it; info@reitia.it; mobile 3384013220

14 February 2011

1) Historic Ship Preservation and Ship Master, closes February 18

The person selected for this position will serve as a Historic Ship Preservation and Ship Master for the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (SAFR)’s Facilities and Ships Division, National Park Service (NPS), Pacific West Region (PWR) located in San Francisco, California.

2) Historic Ship Rigging Worker, Supervisor, closes February 14

The person selected for this position will serve as a Historic Ship Rigging Worker Supervisor (Rigging Foreman) for the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (SAFR)’s Facilities and Ships Division, National Park Service (NPS), Pacific West Region (PWR) located in San Francisco, California.  In this position you will work aboard seven historic vessels (many more than 100 years old) moored at San Francisco’s Hyde Street Pier and at the San Francisco Bay Model Dock in Sausalito, California.

11 February 2011

1) Full Professor of Portuguese/Iberian History, University of Macau, closes March 1.

History of Early Portugal, Modern Portugal, Portugal and Macau, Europe in general, and/or Sino-Portuguese interactions, as well as upper-level courses such as Portugal and the Iberian World, East-West Interactions and Exchanges; the Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, French and British Empires, Maritime history, and/or Diasporas in Asia.

2) Assistant Maritime Officer, Swansea Museum, closes February 17

Swansea Museum is seeking an enthusiastic person with a passion for maritime heritage and actively working outside to work with the Museums maritime collection.

3) Summer Maritime Artisan Internship, Plimoth Plantation, closes April 29

Summer Maritime Artisans Department Internships: Help maintain and restore Mayflower II, one of the preeminent reproductions ships in the world. Work with the Maritime Artisans department here at Plimoth Plantation as we tend to the fifty-year-old vessel. You will be introduced to the traditional sail making, rigging and carpentry skills necessary to care for a square rigged ship.

4) Summer Intern in Research and Oral History, Plimoth Plantation, closes April 29

The intern will work on two specific projects. The first is to use archival sources to create an oral history tour of Mayflower II, a square-rigged wooden vessel built in the UK in 1957. The second is to sort and inventory previously compiled research memos to make them more accessible to museum interpreters.

5) Hydrographic Program Manager, TerraSond, LTD.

TerraSond LTD is seeking an experienced Hydrographic Program Manager for its Palmer, Alaska office. The Hydrographic Program Manager is responsible for managing multiple hydrographic and geophysical survey projects from field to finish within required time frames and budgets and in accordance with each client’s contract requirements. He or she creates proposals, project schedules, selects appropriate acquisition equipment, selects and trains survey personnel, verifies the accuracy of collected data, and supervises the preparation of all data, charts, plots, maps, progress sketches, records, documents and deliverables related to assigned survey projects.
Knowledge, skills and abilities required for consideration include but are not limited to: a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of geophysical surveying including side scan sonar, magnetometer, sub-bottom profiling, and shallow depth seismic, the ability to solicit, plan, organize and direct hydrographic/ geophysical survey projects; schedule project in logical steps and budget time and resources required to meet deadlines and profitability targets, and knowledge of cost estimating and project planning to determine appropriate pricing and asset requisition.
This position requires residence within a daily commuting distance to the Palmer, Alaska area and requires some amount of field work and travel, both nationally and internationally. For consideration please visit TerraSond’s website at www.terrasond.com/careers jobs@terrasond.com. TerraSond Limited is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

2011 Great Lakes Summer Fellowship Program

Program information and deadlines. Apply before February 28, 2011!

1) Education and Outreach Specialist

This fellow will assist with supporting Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s (TBNMS) education and outreach initiatives.  Activities may include: 1) Assist with formal and informal education and outreach programs in conjunction with local and regional partners and the general public; 2) Work with TBNMS staff responding to constituent requests for information and services; 3) Support TBNMS outreach and community events; 4) Develop and write summaries of TBNMS projects and research activities for distribution to a diverse constituent audience on multimedia platforms (including web-based); 5) Assist staff as needed with interpretive initiatives both in a visitor center/museum-type setting and in an outdoor/field setting.  Candidates should have a strong interest in one or more of the following areas:  cultural resource management, outdoor education, interpretation of maritime heritage resources, and Great Lakes and Ocean literacy principles.  Strong writing and public speaking skills preferred.  This position is located at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (TBNMS) in Alpena, MI.

2) Maritime Archaeology Field Support and Archaeological Conservation Laboratory Technician

This fellow will assist in the implementation of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s (TBNMS) field research and artifact conservation initiatives.  Activities may include:  1) Assist with artifact research, documentation, data entry, processing, and conservation; 2) Work with conservation lab volunteers to provide interpretive materials for the general public regarding the lab and artifacts; 3) Assist with archaeological field work such as shipwreck documentation, field school training, and day camps (NOAA or AAUS Scientific Diving certification required to participate in some field work initiatives); 4) Assist with Scuba diving and vessel operations and equipment maintenance; 5) Assist with historic research in support of archaeological investigation; 6) Fellows may assist staff in other duties as assigned including TBNMS education and outreach programs and events, such as the annual Thunder Bay Maritime Festival.  Candidates should have a strong interest in archaeology, maritime history, and public interpretation of such resources.  Snorkeling or scuba diving and small boat experience preferred.  This position is located at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (TBNMS) in Alpena, MI.

Maritime Archaeology Workshop

Check out this exciting workshop this summer on the shores of Lake Huron! go to: www.alpenacc.edu/shipwrecks/

This July, the National Endowment for the Humanities is partnering with Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Alpena Community College to host a dynamic workshop for 50 community college faculty and administrators from across the nation. The workshop centers on one of the most important and well-preserved collections of historic shipwrecks and associated maritime landscapes in America. This challenging and exciting workshop offers hands-on contact with history above and below the water’s surface. Dynamic week-long explorations will take participants to museums and archives, lighthouses, beaches, industrial waterfronts, and to the actual shipwrecks. Workshop guides are an experienced team of historians, archaeolgogists, and educators who study, manage, and interpret this nationally significant collection of shipwrecks and landscapes.  Community college faculty in US history, western civilization, world history, political science, anthropology, archaeology, literature, fine arts, other humanities-related disciplines, as well as scientific and technological fields are encouraged to apply. Adjunct faculty are eligible, as are librarians, administrators, and other appropriate staff members. Although no scuba diving or swimming is required, every participant will have on site experience studying Great Lakes shipwrecks. 

Application deadline is March 1, 2011.

Volunteer Maritime Archaeology Project

The 2011 Field Season of the Mazotos Wreck Project, Cyprus

Beginning in November 2007, the Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus (under Dr Stella Demesticha) in collaboration with the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus, has carried out an underwater project at a shipwreck on Cyprus¹s south coast, 14 miles southwest of Larnaca. Its cargo consists mainly of Chian amphoras and has been dated provisionally to the 3rd quarter of the 4th century BC.  The main visible feature of the site is an oblong concentration of amphoras on a sandy, almost flat seabed. The previous field seasons were devoted to the mapping of the site, mainly using photogrammetry.

The 1st full excavation season took place in May 2010, with very successful results. For the 2nd season (2011), we plan to continue digging and investigate more parts of the assemblage.

For volunteers who wish to participate, here are the basic practical aspects of the project:

1. DATES: 8th May ­ 25 June 2011. All participants are asked to stay for a minimum of two weeks.

1. WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: as the needs of the project in human resources are diverse, both divers and non­divers are welcome:
 1. maritime archaeologists
 2. surveyors and mapping specialists
 3. conservators
 4. computer specialists
 5. technicians
 6. experienced divers willing to assist in archaeological work
 7. people with experience in field projects
 8. students in related fields (archaeology, conservation, anthropology,computers, mapping systems)

1. DIVING. Due to the depth (-45 m) and the distance from the shore (approx 1.5 mile), we have to be twice as careful with diving and safety. So,
a.     Diving Qualifications: Because all dives are planned as decompression dives (with Nitrox mixtures up to 100%) the minimum qualifications are Advanced NITROX and Decompression procedures.
b.     Decompression Chamber: The team members have immediate access to a Decompression Chamber Unit in Larnaca, the closest city to the wreck site (maximum 30 min). The chamber will be on standby during the project.
c.     Equipment. Each member is asked to bring their own: wet or dry suit, regulators (DIN preferably), BCD, mask, fins, gloves, knife. The average water temperature is expected to be 18-20° C.
d.     Program. The plan is decided by the Chief Divers of the project. We dive once a day.
e.     Insurance. All divers should be covered by an insurance program, which covers the diving required for the project: E.g. DAN Sports Diver Silver membership (THIS covers dives beyond 40 m.) or equivalent.

4.    EXPENSES: The project offers full accommodation and daily meals.

Please send your CV and the dates that you can participate in the project as soon as possible to:  Stella Demesticha: demesticha@ucy.ac.cy  Anna Demetriou: info@thetis.org.cy

Call for Papers: New Research in Phoenician Seafaring

Call for papers: A Symposium

23-25 June 2011

In the absence of written records, the Phoenicians are seen through either the prism of Greek, Roman, and Biblical literature or their material remains as analyzed through archaeology.  During the past decade, nautical archaeological aspirations have turned toward the presence and capabilities of the Phoenicians sailing the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean with the goal of creating a better understanding of their role in the ancient world. 
The Marburg Center for the Ancient World, the Archäologisches Seminar at Phillips-Universität Marburg, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Unterwasserarchäologie (DEGUWA) invite papers for a symposium on current and new evidence of Phoenician seafaring.  Papers in German, English, French, and Italian on Phoenician maritime endeavors– and their Punic iterations– are welcomed, particularly those concerning archaeological discovery and analysis as well as new avenues of theory and research.   Accepted and presented papers will be published in a volume of the proceedings.

Abstracts of approximately 75 words should be submitted by 15 March 2011 to the organizers at ralph.pedersen@staff.uni-marburg.de

Prof. Dr. Ralph K. Pedersen
DAAD-Gastdozent für Nautische Archäologie
Philipps-Universität Marburg
Archäologisches Seminar
Biegenstr. 11
D-35032 Marburg, Germany
Tel.: 06421-28 22340
Fax.: 06421-28 28977

Asian Academy for Heritage Management Inaugural Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage

The Conference Organising Committee invites you to register interest in the Inaugural Asian-Academy for Heritage Management (AAHM) Asia-Pacific Conference in Manila from 8 to 12 November 2011 at the Register page:


We are pleased to announce the First Call for Papers is also now available. If you wish to propose a paper please complete the form at:


There is also call for expressions of interest in being a Theme or Session organiser on the website. Please keep an eye on the Conference website at:

http://www.apconf.org<http://www.apconf.org/  for further updates and announcements.

We would like to acknowledge our sponsors – the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, the UNESCO Bangkok office and the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (AIMA) as well as our thirty-two supporting organisations for their assistance in gettng the website up and running, in particular those who have provided photos.
We are continuing to seek more supporting organisations (non-funding) and sponsors (providing funding) so if your organisation is willing to be a supporter or a sponsor please contact us through the website or the email address below.



Associate Professor Mark Staniforth
Chair- Scientific Committee
on behalf of the Conference Organising Committee
Asian Academy for Heritage Management (AAHM) Inaugural Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage
Website   http://www.apconf.org/

Marine Archaeologist needed ASAP

Malta – Marine Archaeologist sought for participation in a tender

Posted: 28/01/11

The company applying for the tender needs a suitably qualified archaeologist to dive on a purposely sunken wreck to check for the presence of archaeological artifacts. This may be repeated on a regular basis, e.g. every year as a form of long term archaeological monitoring, or even on a ad hoc basis following major storm events.

The work entails travelling to Malta and be available to work for 3/4 days.  Food, accommodation, equipment and air fare will be provided and paid for.

Please send a quote urgently by February 6th 2011 due to the closing deadline for the tender.  Any queries, please email: rossano.cherubini@gmail.com

6 February 2011

1) AHRC Awards for Prospective Postgraduate Students within Archaeology (Maritime) at the University of Southampton, apply before February 25

2) AHRC Postgraduate Studentship & Bursary for Archaeology (Maritime), University of Southampton, apply before February 25

3) Maritime Center Specialist II, Battleship Wisconsin, closes February 10

4) National Maritime Museum jobs, too many to list, follow the link!